Keep warm, keep well in Kirklees
Be prepared in the cold weather
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. Find out some simple things you can do to keep warm, stay healthy and make the best use of your heating at home.
The Government's advice on staying warm over the winter aims to reduce cold-related illness and deaths. Key tips include:
- Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (64-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed.
- Wrap up warm, inside and out. Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Don't forget to wear hats, gloves and scarves. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
- Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don't sit down for long periods of time. Even light exercise will help keep you warm.
Eat well. Eating regular meals will help keep your energy levels up during winter. Try to have plenty of hot food and drinks and plan your meals and keep your diet as varied as possible. Aim to include five portions of fruit and vegetables daily - this includes tinned and frozen fruit and vegetables.
Stay healthy. There are things you can do that will reduce the risk of illness and protect you against the cold. Get an annual flu jab.
You can get a free jab if you:
- have serious heart, lung or kidney disease or diabetes
- have a weak immune system, caused by disease or medical treatment
- have had a stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack)
- are aged 65 years or over
- are pregnant
Contact your GP or talk to your pharmacist if you think you might qualify for a free flu jab.
- Access affordable warmth schemes and grants.
Heating and insulation improvements - The Warm Front Scheme offers grants for heating and insulation improvements up to £3,500 or up to £6,000 if your home needs oil central heating. To find out if you qualify, call a Warm Front advisor free on 0800 316 2805 (lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm) or visit the Warm Front website.
Weather Payments may be available to you if you receive certain benefits or have a child who is disabled or under the age of five. To find out more about Cold Weather Payments contact Jobcentre Plus (you can find the nearest office in the phonebook) or visit www.direct.gov.uk/coldweatherpayment.
- Look out for elderly friends and neighbours. Check they're safe and well through the winter. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. If you are worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.
To find out more about keep warning in winter visit the following link: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/keepwarmkeepwell.aspx